See above.1. Maybe I ought to go away for a week's retreat to straighten myself out. Not really, no. It's a phrasal verb.
2. Noele laughed. "I have enough trouble with Jaimie Burn, Roger, without taking on a ghost." I haven't heard this before.
3. Much less did we want anyone to open a can of worm about a mission security chief who might be guilty of attempted murder. I assume you're talking about "to open a can of worms". For me, that's an idiom.
4. And now some of us are coming back in, but we're still walking on eggshells. Yes.
5. A patronizing comment about her literary taste die on his lips,as patronizing comments had been dying for some time now. Not really. I think the meaning is easily discernible from the words.
6. The phone rang. Even though her private number had been changed and there had been no threatening calls since the accident, she knew who it was before she answered. Again the thick, blue voice on the phone." McNelly and his fink cops aren't going to protect you. You're going to get f**ked real good." I'm pretty sure this is not an idiom. I don't even know what a "blue voice" is.
I found them in the novel, Please tell me the words in italic form are they idiom or not and what is the meaning?
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